Twitter is considering letting you edit your own tweets. This feature has been requested since Twitter was launched in 2006, and it remains top of most people’s wishlists. Now we know that although it’s unlikely to happen next week or next month, Twitter is at least considering the option.
In the 10 years since Twitter was launched, the social media site has evolved massively. What was once a text-driven outpost of the internet is now a media-friendly, hashtag-loving giant. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is users’ inability to edit tweets. Which is annoying.
Everybody reading this has probably sent a tweet only to regret doing so minutes or hours later. You can, of course, delete tweets, but there are times when that feels too extreme an option. Because you have simply made a typo, or feel something could have been worded better. Which is when an “Edit” function would prove helpful.
Facebook already allows users to edit status updates and replies, and the world hasn’t stopped turning as a result. Yet. Unfortunately, Twitter appears to have been dead set against the idea of allowing people to edit their own thoughts and feelings. Until now.
A Form of Edit Is Def Needed
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently asked users what changes they would like to see Twitter make in 2017. The responses flooded in, and ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous. But the one thing most people want Twitter to do in 2017 is introduce the ability to edit tweets.
Following in the footsteps of Brian Chesky: what's the most important thing you want to see Twitter improve or create in 2017? #Twitter2017
— jack (@jack) December 29, 2016
Dorsey replied to several of the people requesting an Edit function. He told one that, “a form of edit is def needed,” and told another that, “We’re thinking a lot about it”.
Dorsey also enquired whether users want the ability to edit mistakes in a short window, or the ability to edit at any and all times. He explained that there’s a “Big dif in implementation” because the “Latter requires change log as we’re oft the public record”.
The details clearly still need to be ironed out, but the important thing to note here is that Twitter is considering allowing us all to edit our own tweets. Which would be a victory for common sense, and a relief for grammar nazis such as myself.
Should You Be Allowed to Edit Your Own Tweets?
Do you think Twitter should let people edit their own tweets? Should it be limited to a short window that closes soon after posting? Or should you be allowed to edit tweets weeks, months, or even years after publishing them? Please let us know in the comments below!
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